To follow up with my Nashville Cat Rescue post, I would like to discuss the joys of my foster kitten, Kevin.
You'll remember from an earlier post
that I'm a volunteer with the Nashville Cat Rescue
. About a month ago, I started receiving emails that were practically begging us volunteers to become foster homes as the "kitten-season" overload was bearing down on the NCR. After about the fourth email, I couldn't resist offering to foster one of them. I have never fostered a pet before, and I had many fears ranging from attachment to roommate conflicts (though I must say my roommate, Claire, has been most flexible with my recent kitty rescue mission).
Although I have only been able to take one kitten into my home, I had originally told NCR that I could handle three! Now, you must understand, I already own a cat of my own. I also live in a tiny duplex with a roommate, one bathroom and a kitchen the size of a closet. Still, I was ready to save the world and take in a houseful of kittens. I signed on to take Kevin, and I picked him up from a previous foster mom with a bleeding, ripped ear. Apparently, he'd had a bad experience with her older cat, and he was fearful of my cat, Ares. (He has since adjusted and the two cats play-wrestle all day, driving me crazy). Kevin is the sweetest orange tabby kitten ever. He cuddles me every night, giving me head massages on my pillow with his tiny paws as I fall asleep. How cute is that?
I've been loving him for the past three weeks as a foster parent until he weighed enough to get neutered. Today I took him to Rover Humane off Charlotte Avenue to have the procedure. This location offers spaying and neutering for $10 -- unbeatable! Nashville Cat Rescue does not put cats up for adoption that are not fixed, as overpopulation is an important environmental issue. Quality of life is also another priority for domesticated animals. Domestication means that we are responsible for the health and happiness of the animals we have tamed. This is both our duty and our right; a charitable service and an obligation.
can offer some extra insight and resources on this important topic. Please pay the small fee to neuter/spay your pet. You will be directly affecting the welfare of all pets by doing so.